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MOVIES OF THE WEEK

May 11, 1986|Kevin Thomas

Trapped in Silence (CBS Sunday at 9 p.m.), a new TV movie, stars Kiefer Sutherland as an emotionally disturbed youth and Marsha Mason and Ron Silver as psychologists trying to get through to him.

Charles Taylor again plays a Vietnam vet in Dalton: Code of Vengeance II (NBC Sunday at 9 p.m.), a sequel to last year's "Code of Vengeance." This time he helps a friend find her husband, a former commanding officer now aiding a paramilitary group.

Airing earlier Sunday is the Disney movie Young Again (ABC at 7 p.m.) in which Robert Urich gets his wish to be 17 and reunited with Lindsay Wagner, his high school sweetheart.

Wagner also stars in the new TV movie Convicted (ABC Monday at 9 p.m.), in which she plays a wife struggling to clear her husband (John Larroquette), falsely accused of rape.

Mad Max, that phenomenally successful Aussie biker picture (Channel 11 Monday at 9 p.m.) starring Mel Gibson, has all the violence but little of the style and imagination of its sequel, "The Road Warrior."

Tuesday is a night for film noir: airing at 8 are Michael Mann's Thief (on Channel 5), that terrific thriller in which professional criminal James Caan struggles to go straight, and Lawrence Kasdan's Body Heat (Channel 13), which stars a sizzling William Hurt and Kathleen Turner, but which also makes you realize how much better is its obvious inspiration, Billy Wilder's 1944 "Double Indemnity."

Vanessa Redgrave stars in the new TV movie Second Serve (CBS Tuesday at 9 p.m.) as Dr. Renee Richards, the eye surgeon and tennis champ who underwent a much-publicized sex-change operation.

Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (Channel 11 Tuesday at 9 p.m.) is a brisk, frequently inventive carbon of "The Road Warrior," originally released in 3-D.

Saturday Night Fever is back Wednesday on Channel 13 at 7:30 p.m. Eddie and the Cruisers (Channel 5 Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.), an ambitious, likable but flawed variation on the rock nostalgia formula, stars Michael Pare as a young rocker whose car goes off a bridge in 1957, but years later his recordings are suddenly bigger than ever.

In Stark: Mirror Image (CBS Wednesday at 9 p.m.), a new TV movie, Nicholas Surovy reprises his sensitive but no-nonsense Wichita police detective.

Battle Beyond the Stars (Channel 11 Wednesday at 9 p.m.) is New World's attempt to remake Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" as a cut-rate "Star Wars"; at least it's blessed with a sense of humor. Richard Thomas has the Toshiro Mifune role.

All that Thursday has to offer is the disappointing youth romance, Summer Lovers (Channel 13 at 8 p.m.), and the gruesome mediocrity, Clonus Horror (Channel 11 at 9 p.m.).

Directed by Tobe Hooper and produced by Steven Spielberg, Poltergeist (ABC Friday at 8:30 p.m.) is that epic bump-in-the-night movie, strong on scare tactics but weak in story. Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams and their All-American suburban family are likable; Zelda Rubinstein is the scene-stealing, diminutive parapsychologist.

Meanwhile, that '50s monster is back in Godzilla 1985 (Channel 11 Friday at 9 p.m.), but there's not much reason to care. John Carpenter's stylish but ultraviolent Escape From New York (Channel 5 Friday at 8 p.m.) envisions Manhattan turned into one big sealed-off prison, from which tough guy Kurt Russell's got to rescue the President (Donald Pleasence).

Russell also has the title role in Carpenter's impressive and popular TV bio, Elvis (Channel 9 Saturday at 8 p.m.), and Sean Penn can be seen in the riveting but brutal reform school saga, Bad Boys (Channel 5 at 8 p.m.).

Selected evening cable fare: Some Kind of Hero (Z Sunday at 9); Comfort and Joy (Bravo Sunday at 9:30); Micki and Maude (Cinemax Monday at 6); The Night of the Shooting Stars (Bravo Monday at 8); Union City (Lifetime Monday at 8); Paris, Texas (Movie Channel Monday at 8); My New Partner (Z Monday at 9); Under the Volcano (SelecTV Monday at 9:30); Padre Padrone (Bravo Tuesday at 8); Cocoon (SelecTV Tuesday at 8, Saturday at 6); Gallipoli (USA Tuesday at 8); Wild River (WGN Tuesday at 9:30); Violette (Z Wednesday at 6:30); Dear Maestro (Bravo Wednesday at 8); An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (Lifetime Wednesday at 8); Days of Heaven (Movie Channel Wednesday at 8); The Private Life of Henry VIII (Disney Channel Wednesday at 9); A Soldier's Story (Cinemax Wednesday at 10); Dodsworth (SelecTV Thursday at 6); Eating Raoul (Bravo Thursday at 8); Alsino and the Condor (Bravo Thursday at 9:30); Alamo Bay (HBO Friday at 8); D.O.A. (Nickelodeon Friday at 8); The Mission (Bravo Friday at 9:30); Rider on the Rain (Bravo Saturday at 9); Suburbia (Z Saturday at 9:30).

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